Well, this is a little disappointing. The space that used to be the Uptowner Cafe, a pretty tasty deli just north of Z-Burger in the Tivoli, will soon be a Verizon Wireless store.
The storefront has been empty for about since six months since they closed, and I had been hoping for something more interesting -- another restaurant, a neat store or something. But unfortunately we get the most boring of all retail, a cell phone store. Which is kind of ridiculous with a Best Buy, or Radio Shack or Target and any number of other places to buy phones and accessories within a block.
I guess those kinds of places, along with banks, are reliable tenants for landlords, but real snoozefests for local residents. They don't really add anything to the neighborhood.
The Uptowner was a pretty tasty spot too, they had good breakfast sandwiches and the deli sandwiches where they cut slices of freshly roasted turkey, beef or ham.